Meredith College is ranked #5 among colleges in the South in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. The College has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by the publication, whose latest rankings were released on September 9, 2015.
Meredith was also named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranked 6th among regional colleges in the South. In determining this ranking, U.S. News “takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2016 U.S. News Best College ranking, and the 2014-15 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.” The publication’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list considers quality as well as cost.
U.S. News also calls Meredith the #4 Best College for Veterans in the South. This list, which includes institutions certified for the GI Bill and that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, identifies schools that offer benefits that make college more affordable for veterans and active duty military.
The U.S. News ranking system places colleges and universities in one of four categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. The rankings also divide colleges and universities by the following regions: North, South, West and Midwest.
Schools are ranked using several indicators including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources (class size, faculty/student ratio, percentage of full-time faculty), student selectivity (average SAT scores, acceptance rate) and alumni giving percentage.
Top Colleges Accolades
Meredith has also earned accolades from The Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction, and BestColleges.com.
Meredith College is one of the colleges chosen for The Princeton Review's “Best in the Southeast” list. Colleges of Distinction included Meredith as one of nine North Carolina schools on its list, which emphasizes engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Meredith is in the Top 10 of North Carolina four-year colleges on a list released by BestColleges.com.